Patrice at a session at Capitol Studios, Hollywood

 

Patrice Jégou - Founder

 

Patrice Jégou's interest in a self-directed career path prompted her to establish Prairie Star Records LLC. Patrice has a background in Classical music, but doses of popular influences like jazz, gospel, and blues have always been part of her performing career. A native of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, her singing has taken her to Spain, the UK, Peru, Argentina, Mexico, the US, and, of course, Canada.

 

Patrice holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Mason Gross School of the Arts - Rutgers University. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Irene Alm Memorial Award which is given to an outstanding graduating doctoral student for excellence in scholarly research and performance. Her Doctoral Thesis on Srul Irving Glick's "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" is referenced and cited in the latest critical edition published by Palliser Music Canada. Patrice also holds a Master of Music degree from Belmont University in Nashville where, upon graduation, she was presented with the Most Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the Department of Music. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Calgary in Canada. All of her degrees are in Classical vocal performance. She is the recipient of numerous scholarships and other awards.

 

Over the years Patrice has taught at the university level and privately; has done two residencies at the Banff Center for the Performing Arts; received a teaching internship scholarship through NATS (National Association of the Teachers of Singing); has entered and won international singing competitions  (Laureate, XIII Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques, [Théâtre Lyrichoregra, Montréal] chosen through audition to represent Canada in Orvieto, Italy in the XII Concorso Internazionale per Cantanti Lirici Spazio Musica; First Place Winner, IX Concurso y Festival Internacional de Canto Lírico

Trujillo, Perú);  and has collaborated and recorded with many artists and composers. 

Patrice's latest album IF IT AIN'T LOVE was released on March 22, 2019. She is the 2019 Independent Music Award Winner for 'Best A Cappella Song' for "Lover Come Back to Me" feat. Mark Kibble and Alvin Chea from Take 6. The awards ceremony took place on June 22, 2019 in New York City at Symphony Space.

 

Her debut album SPEAK LOW was released on May 6, 2014. Please visit Patrice's music page at www.patricejegou.com to listen to both albums, and learn more.

 

Patrice is a voting member of The Recording Academy (GRAMMY® Awards), and CARAS (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences - The JUNO Awards). She is a retired professional figure skater, having coached in New Zealand, the US, and Canada, and having skated in an ice show for Richard Porter Productions, Las Vegas and Hermanos Fuentes-Gasca, Mexico City.

Yinka at a session at Avatar Studios, NYC

 

Yinka Oyelese - Producer

 

Yinka Oyelese is a lifelong audiophile whose interest in recording engineering and record producing goes back over 30 years. He hails from a musical family that, as singing group, performed throughout Nigeria. Yinka counts his influences from among Quincy Jones, Tommy LiPuma, Al Schmitt, Bob Clearmountain, Bob Ludwig, Jorge Calandrelli, and Tommy Vicari.

 

Yinka is also an award-winning photographer particularly recognized for his stunning landscapes. His work has been published internationally in magazines like Digital Camera, Digital SLR User, PhotoPlus, and many others. View Yinka's work at

https://500px.com/yinkaoyelese.

Prairie Star Records is a New Jersey based independent record label. Launched in April 2012 by recording artist Patrice Jégou, Prairie Star Records is a label with a focus on Jazz, Classical Crossover, and Adult Contemporary genres.
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